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Publisher's Summary

Why are certain women able to stay thin and never, ever diet? What is different between these naturally thin women and those that can only struggle to thinness through obsessive diet-like behaviors? The book explains the significant body of science which finally reveals the differences between the brains of thin and overweight women. It details the alterations in the brain that occur from years of overeating and dieting - and how to reverse them. In a personal and accessible style, the author guides the listener through an easy to follow step-by-step program based on cognitive behavioral therapy. The book's program does not include any food restrictions, or recipes. It does not prescribe any specific exercise program as its sole objective is to restore the brain to its healthy relationship with food.
You will learn how modern foods and ancient survival mechanisms have interacted to create an obesity epidemic. "Famine" brain, high-stress lifestyles, reduced pleasure from food and other factors are examined. Once you understand how your brain has inadvertently gone awry, you will appreciate this sensible approach to "rewiring" you brain back to its natural state - the thin woman's brain.
Why are certain women able to stay thin and never, ever diet? What is different between these naturally thin women and those that can only struggle to thinness through obsessive diet-like behaviors? The book explains the significant body of science which finally reveals the differences between the brains of thin and overweight women. It details the alterations in the brain that occur from years of overeating and dieting - and how to reverse them. In a personal and accessible style, the author guides the listener through an easy to follow step-by-step program based on cognitive behavioral therapy. The book's program does not include any food restrictions, or recipes. It does not prescribe any specific exercise program as its sole objective is to restore the brain to its healthy relationship with food.
You will learn how modern foods and ancient survival mechanisms have interacted to create an obesity epidemic. "Famine" brain, high-stress lifestyles, reduced pleasure from food and other factors are examined. Once you understand how your brain has inadvertently gone awry, you will appreciate this sensible approach to "rewiring" you brain back to its natural state - the thin woman's brain.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2013 Dilia Suriel (P)2013 Dilia Suriel
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nicole on 02-18-14

A new weight loss paradigm!

I first purchased the audio version of this book and its message resonated so strongly with me during the first listen, I immediately started it over and listened through a second time! I have read dozens of diet books, both practical, how-to types and general theory about nutrition and weight loss. Every one of them had left me with unanswered questions. Why do gain the weight back every time I lose it? Why do I have to spend every minute of every day obsessing about my next meal or snack in order to stay on a program? Why am I finding it harder and harder to stay committed each time I attempt weight loss…again??

Dilia Suriel answered all those questions for me and opened my eyes to the real underlying issue – my brain. Clearly, I don’t think like a naturally thin woman. This book explained how my brain-body connection can be radically adjusted so that I, like a naturally thin woman, can joyfully eat for pleasure and nutrition without fear of overeating or needing food for comfort, reward, or sedation. "The Thin Woman's Brain" is about the rewiring process, not the simply the mechanics of mindful eating. This book is NOT a one-trick-pony. Yes, mindfulness is discussed as one of many tools and behaviours to help achieve the rewiring, but it is only one element of a comprehensive, scientifically-based behavioural training program.

I have barely begun to synthesize and practice the methods set out in this book and I am already experiencing a great deal less anxiety about food and eating, as well as new-found confidence in my ability to successfully take off, and keep off, my excess weight. I have also purchased the Kindle version as I know I will be reading and re-reading sections of this book many times over. This is no quick-fix, lose 10 pounds in a week nonsense – the concepts in this book are the real deal.

Buy this book in audio and print, read it twice, and stop that lose-gain cycle forever. Thanks to Dilia, I now believe it’s possible.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Carissa on 07-08-14

It was just okay for me

Any additional comments?

I'll start by saying that the author does present some good information concerning brain chemistry. That being said, I have several annoyances, and I think I'll make a list to keep me from ranting on and on

1. You will not find a before and after picture of the author ANYWHERE. She may not want to classify this as a diet book, but that's what it is. It's teaching you how to lose weight and keep it off. If it looks like a diet book and sounds like a diet book... I really don't trust a self-help-weight-loss book where the author can't even provide solid evidence through a photograph that it works.

2. The author says at one point that you don't have to use self control to overcome cravings. All you have to do is use mindfulness and acknowledge the craving, but don't give in to it. Um, how is that NOT self control? I tried it, it didn't work. It felt a whole lot like not having self control.

3. The author spends a LOT of time talking about brain chemistry, but ignores one of the most important (in my opinion) things in our brain - serotonin. Serotonin controls HUNGER! I don't really get how the function of dopamine trumps serotonin, but whatever. I was disappointed.

4. The author talks about how important meditation is, but only talks about ONE form of meditation (mindfulness). There are many forms of meditation (yoga, prayer, etc.).

5. The author mentions a few things that all naturally thin women have in common, and one (or more) really irritated me. Naturally thin women don't like the feeling of being too full. Really? Because overweight women just LOVE the feeling of being overly stuffed and bloated? NO. I hate it! Not only do I feel uncomfortable, but I also get a side of feelings of guilt, self hatred, self recrimination, etc. I wonder if naturally thin women have to deal with THAT when they're stuffed? I don't know many people, obese or thin, that like that feeling. The point is, we do it because there are other things going on in our brain.

6. I think the title of this book is misleading. The only scientific comparison between a thin person and obese person is showing the dopamine levels in the two brains after eating. The rest is just her asking her naturally thin women friends questions about their thinking. For me, I already know the difference because I have a naturally thin mother, but that doesn't mean I can do what she does, since my brain chemistry is different than hers.

In summary, this book does provide some good information, but it may not give you the full answer to the weight problem that you might be looking for. I'm really not trying to turn anyone away from purchasing it; I just wanted to air my grievances. It didn't give me the answer I needed, but it gave enough information and the inspiration to go find my own answer. For that, I give the book 3 stars.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 03-12-14

Finally a solution to emotional eating!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Thin Woman's Brain to be better than the print version?

I loved the audio version

What did you like best about this story?

The no nonsense approach to stop food addiction with plenty of scientific back up

Have you listened to any of Kate Fotopoulos’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any of Kate's other performances but I thought she was very good

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

This is definitely a life changing book

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Delly on 09-01-14

The best weight loss book I have ever read

If you could sum up The Thin Woman's Brain in three words, what would they be?

Life Changing, Enlightening and Exciting are the three words I would use to describe this book.
This book is a must read for anyone who has dieted and failed or has been on that diet/regain/diet/regain hamster wheel.
This is truly a discovery of what is at the root of why the dieting approach does not work for many people and how to in effect rewire your brain so it does.
It sounds very "mumbo jumbo" I know, but, it truly is not. Its very scientific and very logical.

Who was your favorite character and why?

the word character doesn't apply to this book so I will state the most interesting points are how different the thin and fat woman's brains react to food, mindfulness and its effects on your eating and your life and CBT and how it can provide solutions

What does Kate Fotopoulos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Kate is a marvellous narrator, she clearly researched the subject matter and delivers it expertly. She engaged me from the start to the end.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I did, a profound one. I found the likely cause of why I had been battling with my weight for 35 years and most importantly what I could do to address it

Any additional comments?

I have been following the on-line 21 day program that accompanies this book and I'm about half way through now. I feel entirely in control of what I eat for the first time in my life

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sylvia on 05-17-15

How it is

This is not a quick fix diet book, it is informative and gives you the tools to put things into practice to help you make life changing habits

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melena on 11-02-15

Most motivational book I've read in years

Would you listen to The Thin Woman's Brain again? Why?

I have actually listened to it through audible over and over and over again. It is like a mantra to me almost - very positive reaffirmation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Looking at weight management from different people's perspective and why it is hard for some and not others

Have you listened to any of Kate Fotopoulos’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Haven't listened to any others at this stage

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not cry but made me think hard about what I wanted to achieve with my weight loss

Any additional comments?

Great book - totally recommend.

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